Virtuoso Releases Annual Travel Dreams Survey

Virtuoso Life. Virtuoso’s annual Travel Dreams Survey reveals trips of a lifetime and favorite destinations from high-end travelers. The Travel Dreams Survey was conducted between February 1 and March 21, 2014 and received 8,830 responses from 33 countries.

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Australia was the top dream destination. Other destinations include the Amalfi Coast, Rio de Janeiro and Saint Petersburg. Paris and Rome remained at the top of survey categories. Cruising continued to rank high, with European river sailings besting other itineraries and a round-the-world cruise topping trips of a lifetime.

Here's a full list of the winning destinations: 

Top Trips of a Lifetime                                           
1.      Taking a world cruise                                            
2.   Visiting Italy’s Amalfi Coast                                 
3.      Calling on all seven continents                              
4.      Renting a private island                                        
5.      Renting a European Villa                                     
6.      Seeing the highlights of Australia                          
7.      Photographing the “big five” on safari                  
8.      Exploring the Galápagos Islands                           
9.   Journeying to the Holy Land                                 
10.  Chartering a private jet                                          

Top 10 Dream Destinations
1.   Australia
2.   Italy
3.   New Zealand
4.   France
5.   Fiji
6.   Ireland
7.   Greece
8.   Antarctica
9.   South Africa
10.  The Caribbean
Dream Islands                                                          
1.      Hawaii                                                                   
2.      Greek Islands                                                        
3.      Fiji                                                                         
4.      New Zealand                                                         
5.      Capri                                                                      

Gourmet Favorites
1.   Paris
2.   Rome
3.   Florence
4.   Barcelona 
5.   New Orleans
Cities To Explore                                                                        
1.      Paris                                                                      
2.      Rome                                                                     
3.      Rio de Janeiro                                                        
4.      Sydney                                                                   
5.      Saint Petersburg                                                    

Where to Set Sail
1.   European river/canal
2.   The Mediterranean
3.   Australia/New Zealand
4.   World cruise
5.   Alaska

Best Trips for Two                                                    
1.   Paris in April                                                         
2.   The Greek Isles                                                     
3.   Overwater bungalow in Tahiti                              
4.   Mediterranean cruise                                             
5.   Caribbean resort stay                                             

Favorite Family Vacations    
1.   Hawaiian Islands
2.   South African Safari
3.   Ireland’s castles and countryside
4.   Alaskan Cruise
5.   Galápagos Getaway

The survey identified five travel personalities including: the go-getter, the connoisseur, the classic traveler, the relaxations and the trendsetter. Virtuoso’s survey showed that upscale travelers of all types are interested in seeing as much of the world as they can.

The sweepstakes portion of the survey yielded one winner a Grand Prize valued at more than $35,000: a 12-day cruise for two in a penthouse cabin aboard the Crystal Symphony, sailing from Singapore to Bali with air courtesy of Etihad Airways. Virtuoso also awarded five cash prizes of $1,000.